Author Archive: Elise

About Elise

I’m a nurse. An exercise lover. A whole foods connoisseur. A health enthusiast. And I have IBS. No need to cue the sappy violin music yet... I’ve found that eating a mostly plant-based diet has allowed me to continue to live and love life to the fullest. Although moderation isn’t something I do well, I’m 100% devoted to giving my body pure, wholesome, quality food. Nutritious and delicious, all the time. Hungry Hungry Hippie is a way for me to share my daily dealings with food, fitness, and everything in between.

hot is a temperature!

I pretty much love The Office. 

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Right after I got up, I made coffee using the last of the Starbucks Holiday blend.  I made it a little on the weaker side since I wasn’t needing the caffeine so much – mostly I just wanted the warmth, but also there weren’t too many grounds left.  Then I toasted an Ezekiel English muffin and lathered on the peanut butter topped with a packet of Stevia.  Has anyone been able to find Truvia in stores yet?  I haven’t.

Full and warm, I curled up with Twilight for a couple of hours…I heart Edward Cullen!  Since I didn’t have much on the agenda for today, I mostly alternated between Twilight and Vcon reading (with a bit of tv in the mix, too).  All this time off is making me spoiled.  Next week might be a rude awakening! 

I was in the mood for a brekkie type lunch, so I made an egg beater sando.

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I toasted A street bread, spread on some greek yog, plus organic tomato slices…

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Then, added the folded up “eggs”

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To create this beaut.

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Satisfied.  Check.

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Here’s how the gym went down: 

  • 45 mins of elliptical 45 mins – alternating between forward and backwards, level 10-12
  • 15 mins of spinning – positions 1-3 based on the song
  • 10 mins of tread mill – walking cool down
  • 15 mins of stretching, abs, and arms on the mat

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Once I got home I snacked on an apple and a handful of figs, then showered, blow dried, piled on 22 layers, and prepared myself for the Brrrr. 

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Above is a Calimyrna fig, below is a Turkish fig.

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What’s the difference?  I had NO idea when I bought them (so I got both kinds to try), and I still have no idea.  What I DO know is that I liked the Calimyrna ones better, which figures since they are the more expensive.  What can I say, I’ve got $$ taste.

Anyways, while I was out, I got a BIG present for myself…

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HOORAY!!!  I’m so excited to try these recipes. 

And, as if it wasn’t already obvious enough what a Type-A nerd I am, I got another little treat for myself  🙂

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Yep, now I can study up on yoga before I go to my first class.  Now I won’t be the biggest loser in the class (just a close runner up).  Don’t make fun of me Heather

Anyways, after I got home I made a lasagna for my boo, and while it was in the oven, I got to work on my own dindin.

My K-love wanted me to show off my fine non-vegan culinary skillz so here’s a pic of his lasagna.

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(I make big ass lasagnas once a month-ish so my babycakes can freeze them individually and have no-brainer meals when he gets home from work)

As for MY dinner, I made a big salad with baked tofu.

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Lettuce, tomato, brocc slaw, and tofu.

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Times 2!  Lately, I’m a second serving kind of girl.  Must be my days full of lounging on the couch catching up on trashy tv and reading Twilight (sarcasm much)?

Clearly dessert was a must, so I opted for a few coconut date rolls.

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And a new kind of tea, inspired by (the other) elise

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I saw this flavor on her blog, and immediately went on the look-out.

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It was everything it’s name implied.  Such a perfect way to end the day.

And before I forget, everyone check out Meghann’s blog, and donate to her amazing cause!!

moo goo gai pan

No I didn’t eat Chinese chicken and mushrooms for breakfast, that was just an answer to my daily crossword….and now it’s stuck in my head.  Admit it, it IS fun to say!

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Along with the java, I had 2 pieces of toast with PB (the safe kind).  YUM!

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Alvarado Street bread, kids.  Love it!

The weather wasn’t even in the double digits, and yet I was in the mood for a cold smoothie for lunch.  It could be because I spent the morning reading Twilight (wrapped in 35 blankets)…no shame in it!

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For those who don’t know, I’m kinda a smoothie extraordinaire.  Yep, it’s true, when I turned 16, I got my first job at none other than Jamba Juice.  I feel so old because “back then” it was a small shop (barely a chain) with only a handful of locations in California…and now it’s corporate America status (Baby Mama reference anyone?). 

Anyways, in the smoothie was 15 ounces of vanilla silk soy milk, 1 chocolate o’soy yogurt, 3 strawberries, and 2 ice cubes.

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All blended together.

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It actually made 2 of these glasses and kept me full through noon, so I didn’t have lunch until the afternoon.

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I went with the usual smart deli “turkey” sando, but made a few changes – just to keep things interesting. 

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I lathered hummus on toasted ww bread – on one half was my home-made hummus and on the other half was Sabra’s hummus. 

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Plus romaine lettuce, smart deli “turkey” meat, red and orange pepps…

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Girlfriend was grubbin’ – hollerrrr!

Time to get my butt to the gym.  I’m thinking it’s going to be a cycling kind of day 🙂

once upon a time…

…I could feel my extremities.  But, that day is long gone, kiddos.  It is freeeeezing.  I headed to the gym after lunch and basically had to wait 10 minutes in the locker room just thawing out before I could start my work out!  The gym was packed (again) so I was forced to alter my exercise regime according to which machines were available. 

Tread Mill:

time pace incline
0-10 minutes 3.5 (walking) 2.5
10-17 5.7 4
17-20 6.0 2.5
20-27 5.7 4
27-30 6.0 2.5

 

Elliptical:

time level direction
0-10 minutes 8 forward
10-15 9 backward
15-20 10 forward
20-25 10 backward
25-30 11 forward

 

This is a pretty typical workout for me.  I wanted to do some bicycle after, but they were occupied.  Maybe tomorrow.  I ended up doing longer arm and ab exercises on the mats as a result (love those medicine balls).  I wasn’t as exhausted as I wanted to be when I left the gym, but I’ll probably go earlier tomorrow so as to avoid the super crowded gym time.

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I made myself a little snack before I started cooking dindin.  Andrea, I think of you every time I have Earth Balance now! 

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I was eager to get back in action after my last oven disaster…so I decided to make some BN squash.  I saw these already peeled and cut organic butternut squash, which were too easy to pass up. 

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After I popped these in the oven, I then set to work on the rest of dinner.  I was a little on the lazy side, so I made ww pasta with EB and vegan parm. 

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Carbs much?

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My dinner was a bit one-sided.  Toast, BN squash, and pasta…ALL with Earth Balance.  Don’t worry I’m sure I’ll make up for it tomorrow.  No point in fighting the cravings!

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Check it.  Dates STUFFED with peanut butter = heaven!! 

Two of my faves in one amazing bite?!?  What could possibly be better 🙂

don’t judge a fig by it’s cover

I’ll admit, I love fig newtons/bars, but the thought of eating a fig alone was not too appealing…They just look weird.  But after seeing Erin’s picture of the fig’s cross section, I was intrigued...could their be a delicious fruit hiding beyond these hideous exteriors?? 

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Turns out, they are way yummmmm!  Maybe even a new fave dried fruit? (and that’s tough company)

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As I was doing my daily food blog surfing, I came upon a contest I couldn’t ignore!  Everyone should check out Oh She Glows, since well over half the products I now obsess over on a daily basis are a result of advertising just like this (so I am all for it)!!  My new love for figs even inspired my contest entry 🙂

Anyways, since I’ve been getting a few questions about my frothy coffee, I decided to share with you by BFF.  Introducing Caffe Froth…

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It’s by Bonjour and is SO simple, it’s silly that I even go to Starbucks at all anymore!!

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Add milk to the line.

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Pump a few times.

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And voila!

Easy Peasy!  Anyways, onto breakfast…I had a couple of figs, followed by this divine creation.

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Ezekiel English muffin with (non-recalled) peanut butter and MarieBelle hot chocolate sprinkles.  Whoa.  I’m not sure words can adequately describe this mouth-watering, savory, goodness.  HOLY freakin’ yum!!!

Nothing will EVER top this breakfast. 

So, by the time noon rolled around, I wasn’t even really hungry for lunch.  I ended up just having a snack.

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Vanilla o’soy with raisins.  Tasty!